Assessing the condition of the Garvey Creek Road

Solid Energy needed the bridges on the access road to the Island Block mine to be inspected – WSP Opus was called in to thoroughly check them out.

WSP Opus brought extensive expertise to their condition assessment of the uphill and downhill bridges on Garvey Creek Road.

Our local Greymouth team responded quickly and cost effectively. The team completed a sight and sound inspection of the bridges and completed a condition report with the input of our Christchurch bridging team.

The report provided an overall statement of the general condition of the bridges and suggested a strategy for their management based on our understanding of their expected use. It highlighted, prioritised and provided cost estimates for things that needed to be fixed or further investigated.

The hardwood timber components of Downhill Bridge were test drilled by our Greymouth team, and two components were found to have decay. Our report recommended remedial action, its priority and likely cost.

Our Greymouth and Christchurch teams have extensive bridge inspection and management expertise gained over many years. Our detailed information gave Solid Energy all they needed to make informed decisions.